Aug. 4, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Former diver Craig Sheedy and UCLA women’s tennis player Elizabeth Lumpkin have been selected as winners of the 2008-09 Oroweat "Healthy Minds" Postgraduate Scholarship, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Chosen from a pool of Pac-10 postgraduate scholarship winners which included 19 male recipients and 20 female recipients, Lumpkin and Sheedy are recognized by the Pac-10 and its corporate partner Oroweat for their overall excellence in athletics, academics, service and commitment to graduate education. Each will receive a $10,000 scholarship for postgraduate study.
"Oroweat is proud to present the "Healthy Minds" scholarship program," said Dan Larson, Oroweat's Director of Marketing. "We congratulate and recognize the special achievements of Elizabeth and Criag, and extend the best to all the Pac-10 postgraduate scholarship recipients in their continuing education."
In his senior year, Sheedy was the male recipient of the NCAA's Waler Byers Scholarship, presented to one male and one female student-athlete a year. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team, as well.
A team co-captain in 2008-09, Sheedy heads to medical school in the fall at Vanderbilt University. A diver from Tempe, Ariz., Sheedy helped Arizona capture the 2008 NCAA swimming and diving championship and helped the team place third in 2007. That year, he was a semifinalist at the USA Diving National Championships, finishing 18th on the platform overall.
Sheedy received numerous academic accolades during his time in Tucson. He was a C.A.T.S. Academics Valedictorian, and was the C.A.T.S. Academics and Life Skills Student-Athlete of the Year in 2009. He was selected the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Outstanding Senior in the Fall of 2008, also becoming the department's Valedictorian. Sheedy was a Phi Beta Kappa in 2007, and received an award for scientific research in the biomedical fields in 2007, as well.
Sheedy was a peer tutor while at Arizona, and also volunteered at the Tucson Medical Center Pediatrics. He served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was a biochemistry research assistant, participated in the undergraduate biology research program and earned the Wildcats' community service award for accumulating the most volunteer hours.
Previous winners of the Oroweat "Healthy Minds" Postgraduate Scholarship include:
2007-08 Jernej Godec, University of California, men's swimming
Yuki Lamb, Oregon State University, women's gymnastics
2006-07 Kal Clark, Arizona State University, men's cross country/track & field
Katy Trotter, Stanford University, women's cross country/track & field